Film - International Independents Filmfest 2016


Directed by Avishai Sivan


Director: Avishai Sivan
Section: International Independents
Country: Israel
Year: 2015
Language: Hebrew, Yiddish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Riki Blich, Gur Sheinberg, Omri Fuhrer



Haim-Aaron is a bright, Ultra-Orthodox religious scholar living in Jerusalem. His talents and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, Haim-Aaron collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. After the accident, try as he might, Haim-Aaron remains apathetic to his studies. He feels overwhelmed by a sudden awakening of his body and suspects this is God testing him. He wonders if he should stray from the prescribed path and find a way to rekindle his faith. The father notices his son’s changed behavior and tries to forgive him. He is tormented by the fear of having crossed God’s will the night he resuscitated his son.

Meet the director


Avishai Sivan

Avishai Sivan (born 1977 in Israel) is a filmmaker, visual artist and published author. His first feature film, THE WANDERER, premiered at Cannes 2010 in the Directors’ Fortnight section and won Best First Feature and Best Cinematography at Jerusalem 2010. His video work VISA won Best Independent Film at Cinema South Festival 2013. Doc SOAP OPERA OF A FROZEN FILMMAKER, a seven-part video diary, won Best Experimental Film at Jerusalem 2007. In 2010, he received the Israel Ministry of Culture Cinema Prize. His first book, "Musings on Filmmaking whilst Cycling through the City", was published in 2011. TIKKUN won the Silver Leopard Special Jury Award at Locarno 2015 and Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography & Best Actor (Khalifa Natour) at Jerusalem 2015.


Screenplay: Avishai Sivan
Director of Photography: Shai Goldman
Film Editor: Nili Feller, Avishai Sivan
Production Designer: Amir Yaron
Costume Design: Malky Fogel
Sound: Aviv Aldema, Alfred Tesler
Producer: Ronen Ben-Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Production Company: Tikkun the movie limited parternship, United King Films
World Sales: Bleiberg Entertainment